Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
CONTACT:                   Roy L. Williams                                                 
                                        Director of Public Relations                         
                                        Birmingham Public Library                                               
                                        Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
Free workshops offered at various Birmingham Public Library locations
Includes estate planning class Aug. 31 at West End, quilting workshop at Springville Road

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) has several free workshops available for the public over the next two weeks, including an estate planning class Aug. 31 at West End Branch Library, a free quilting workshop Friday, Sept. 2, at the Springville Road Regional Library, and Bards & Brews poetry event Friday, Sept. 9 at Avondale Regional Library.

Other programs include a free showing of the film version of the movie about a popular video game this Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.  in the Five Points West Regional Library, a Beyond the Basics of Genealogy workshop taking place Saturday, Aug. 27, at the North Birmingham Regional Library and “Body Changing” workshop offering nutritional and weight loss tips available through Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Springville Road Regional Library.

Check out the BPL Calendar of Events listing below. You can also click on individual events for more details at the link below:
BPL Calendar of Events
Beyond the Basics of Genealogy – Jump Into The Gene Pool: Genetics and Your Family History, North Birmingham Regional Library, 2501 31st Ave. N, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27

Discover how genetic research can help you explore your family history. Find out what a gene sample can tell you about what parts of the world your ancestors came from and more. Workshops are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, contact the Southern History Department of the Birmingham Public Library at 205-226-3665 or

Free Saturday Movie Matinee, film version of the movie about a popular video game, Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m., Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave W.
Body Changing, Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, 4 p.m.  through Sunday, Aug. 28  
Provides informal support in reaching healthy weight goals. Nutritional and exercise information is available, but no specific diet or plan is preferred. Provides a forum for discussion of common obstacles, healthy recipes, encouragement, and successful tips.
Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts, Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, through Monday, Aug. 29
A gathering of folks who want to meet new people, learn fun crafts, enjoy light refreshments, and feel like a part of the community. It is the happening place to be. All adults welcome and all instruction, materials, and refreshments are free.
See details at

Words Are Our World, North Birmingham Regional Library, 2501 31st Ave. North, through Aug. 31
This will be a community scavenger hunt with the clues changing each month. The program is ongoing and will last from January through August 2016. This is a partnership between the North Birmingham Branch Library, the Norwood Community Center, McWane Center, and several other sponsors. 

Estate Planning – A Guide to Life Organization, West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW, Wednesday, Aug. 31 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Learn how to examine your financial needs and assets, organize important papers, and more. Participants will receive their very own important papers booklet. Presented by Nkenge Hyter of  the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Call (205) 226-4089 for details.

Active Living @ Your Library, Five Points West Regional Library, 4812 Ave. W, Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m.   
The Active Living group will create personalized picture frames. Limited space Registration required. Call (205) 226-4013 for details. 

Beginning Quilting, Springville Road Regional Library, 1224 Old Springville Road, Friday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Members of the East Jefferson County Quilt Guild share their vast knowledge of their beloved craft. They demonstrate one new block each month. All materials and equipment are supplied, but if you have your own favorites, you're welcome to bring them. Free and open to all adults who want to learn to quilt.  Call Kelly Laney for details at (205) 226-4081.

Bards & Brews Open Mic, Avondale Regional Library, Friday, Sept. 9. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by poetry at 7 p.m.
Bards & Brews is a spoken word poetry performance/beer tasting event hosted by the Birmingham Public Library usually held on the first Friday of each month except December. Slams are held quarterly in January, April, July, and October; the other sessions are open mic. The event, with emcee Voice Porter, includes live musical performances before poetry begins at 7 p.m. Craft beer is donated by breweries from around the region with staff from J. Clyde usually handling the pouring. You must be 18 or over to attend, and 21 or over to drink. The program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with The J. Clyde.

Club Create, Avondale Regional Library, 509 40th St. South, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m.  
Come together to create something new. Every month, attendees tackle a different craft project with instruction and materials provided. The September project will be hand-stitched note crafts. All adults are welcome, but registration is required to reserve your spot. Call 205-226-4000 or email

Money Matters Workshop topic: Risk and Protection, Central Library, 2100 Park Place, in downtown Birmingham, Wednesday, Sept. 7 at noon-1 p.m. 
It’s never too late to start building a better understanding of your personal finances and begin developing a plan for the future. To assist you in this endeavor, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is partnering with the staff of the Regions Institute for Financial Education at UAB to offer a series of Money Matters workshops at the Central Library on the first Wednesday of each month from July 2016 to May 2017. Please join us to take part in discussions about a variety of money management issues and learn ways to help you achieve your economic goals. Workshops will be held in the Linn-Henley Research Building/Richard Arrington Auditorium/4th floor. 
Visit for a complete list of Money Matters workshops through May 2017.

For more information about the workshop series and other financial literacy resources available at BPL, please contact Jim Murray of the Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by e-mail at or by calling 205-226-3691.

Job Readiness Resume Clinic, Central Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham, Friday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Representatives from New Rising Star Community Corporation will be on hand at the clinic to provide one-on-one advice on crafting both the content and format of your resume. The goal will be for all attendees to walk away from the clinic with an actual completed resume in hand.
See details at the BPL blog below:

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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